Each Thursday in the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.com and at disquiet.com/junto, a new compositional challenge is set before the group’s members, who then have just over four days to upload a track in response to the assignment. Membership in the Junto is open: just join and participate.
Tracks will be added to this playlist for the duration of the project:
This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, October 29, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, November 2, 2015.
These are the instructions that went out to the group’s email list (at tinyletter.com/disquiet-junto):
Disquiet Junto Project 0200: Kadrey Score Create a score to a Richard Kadrey short story — using his own voice as source audio.
This week marks the 200th weekly Disquiet Junto. I’m very excited that the accomplished novelist Richard Kadrey recorded himself reading interlocking segments of his own short story specifically for use as source audio for this week’s project.
Richard Kadrey is the New York Times bestselling author of the Sandman Slim supernatural noir books. The eighth book in the series, The Perdition Score, will be out in July 2016. Some of his other books include The Everything Box, Metrophage, Butcher Bird, Dead Set, and the graphic novel Accelerate. Sandman Slim was included in Amazon’s “100 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books to Read in a Lifetime.” More from Kadrey at richardkadrey.com, facebook.com/richard.kadrey, and twitter.com/Richard_Kadrey.
These are the 5 steps in the project:
Step 1: The author Richard Kadrey (Sandman Slim, Metrophage) has recorded himself reading seven separate one-minute segments of a short story that can be listened to in any sequence. Choose a number from 1 to 7. The tool at the top of this page is useful:
Step 2: Download the numerical track from this following playlist. The tracks are listed from “MUDROSTI 1” through “MUDROSTI 7.” Download the one that correlates with the number resulting from Step 1 of this project.
Step 3: Create a score to accompany Kadrey’s reading of his own short story in the track that you got in Step 2. Primarily use Kadrey’s own voice as the source material for your score — bend it, shape it, extract from it, and burnish it to your will. Additional sonic elements, both musical and foley, are welcome, but a substantial percentage of the sound should be from Kadrey’s own voice. Also: keep Kadrey’s own reading audible and inteligible; don’t slow or speed or otherwise edit it. Your score should accompany his reading, not thoroughly supplant it.
Step 4: Upload your completed track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud. Include the term “disquiet0200-kadreyscoreX” in the title of your track, where X is the number of the track you were assigned (1 through 7).
Step 5: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.
Deadline: This assignment was made in the evening, California time, on Thursday, October 29, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, November 2, 2015.
Length: The length of your finished work should be the same length as that of the original Kadrey track you downloaded.
Upload: Please when posting your track on SoundCloud, only upload one track for this assignment, and be sure to include a description of your process in planning, composing, and recording it. This description is an essential element of the communicative process inherent in the Disquiet Junto. Photos, video, and lists of equipment are always appreciated.
Title: When adding your track to the Disquiet Junto group on Soundcloud.com, please include the term term “disquiet0200-kadreyscoreX” in the title of your track, where X is the number of the track you were assigned (1 through 7).
Tags: And include “disquiet0200-kadreyscore” as a tag for your track.
Download: Due to Kadrey’s generosity and the Creative Commons nature of his source material, you should use the following license for your work and make your work available for download:
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